Preliminary 2021 Rankings: Top 10 Second Baseman (Where To Rank The 2020 Breakouts, Any Surprises? & More)

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As you view these rankings keep in mind that they are extremely preliminary and will change as we continue our evaluations and projections for 2021. They will also be expanded here on the site, with even deeper rankings and more in-depth analysis available via our draft guide (ordering information is coming soon!)

With that said, let’s get to the rankings:

RankPlayerTeamQuick Thoughts
1)D.J. LeMahieuFree AgentThere is no arguing how good LeMahieu was in 2020, but what happens if he does leave New York via free agency? It's a possible outcome, and one that would significantly impact our expectations (.448 with 8 HR at home in '20).
2) Ozzie AlbiesAtlanta BravesWhile he was limited by injuries, Albies was still productive hitting .271 with 6 HR and 3 SB in 29 games. We do need to monitor an increased flyball rate and the potential for a regression against fastballs (.879 SLG), but there's no questioning the upside.
3)Ketel MarteArizona DiamondbacksMarte regressed dramatically in '20 (2 HR and 1 SB), but he did add 14 doubles and 1 triple and the underlying metrics weren't far off from his '19 breakout. As long as he rebounds against right-handed pitchers (.233 with 1 HR), a bounce back campaign will be in his future.
4)Mike MoustakasCincinnati RedsWhile Moustakas isn't going to bring a strong AVG, there's no questioning the power and he also continues to improve his approach (31.4% O-Swing%). Is anyone going to complain about a .250ish hitter with power?
5) Cavan BiggioToronto Blue JaysThere was no sophomore slump, as Biggio hit .250 with 8 HR and 6 SB. The future is even brighter behind a strong approach (7.8% SwStr%, 16.3% O-Swing%) and with improvements against fastballs likely (.187 AVG, .352 SLG) he could emergeas a Top 3 option.
6) Whit MerrifieldKansas City RoyalsAfter the speed seemingly disappeared in 2019, Merrifield rebounded to go 12-for-15 in SB attempts. That said he isn't getting any younger and there are questions about his power moving forward (like his 23.1% Hard% and 86.1 mph Exit Velocity). Could he be an ideal sell high candidate?
7)Jeff McNeilNew York MetsIf you thought 2019 was an aberration, McNeil proved you wrong as he hit .311 with 4 HR over 183 AB. There are questions about his power, but .300/15 HR is more than enough.
8) Jose AltuveHouston AstrosLet the speculation begin regarding Altuve after his pitiful performance in '20 (.219 with 5 HR and 2 SB). He was seeing fewer fastballs than he had, and at his age could he be fading?
9)Keston HiuraMilwaukee BrewersWe got the good (13 HR) and the bad (.212 AVG) from Hiura in '20. That said if he can't get his strikeout issues under control he's never going to reach his full potential.
10)Max MuncyLos Angeles DodgersA .203 BABIP sabotaged him, even with 12 HR, 27 RBI and 36 R. He needs to improve against non-fastballs particularly, with opposing starters really changing their approach (49.09% fastballs).

Sources – Fangraphs, Baseball Savant, Brooks Baseball



2 COMMENTS

    • At this point it’s getting harder and harder to buy into Lux, though fingers crossed he gets his shot. As for Cronenworth, he’ll probably fall in the 14-17 range when all is said and done.

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